Blyth, James, 1838-1906, physicist

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Blyth, James, 1838-1906, physicist

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1838-1906

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James Blyth was born in 1838 in the hamlet of Marykirk, Kincardineshire, where he attended the parish school and later Montrose Academy. He graduated BA from Edinburgh University in 1861 and MA in 1871. After a period as a private tutor, Blyth obtained teaching posts at the newly established Morrison's Academy in Crieff and at George Watson's College, Edinburgh, where he established the technical and scientific curriculum. In 1880, Blyth was appointed Professor of Natural Philosophy at Anderson's College, later the Glasgow and West of Scotland Technical College, a post which he held until his death in 1906. He was widely respected as a teacher, and his research concentrated on electrical problems, the telephone and microphone, and the application of wind power. He was granted several patents to protect his inventions. He began his windmill experiments around 1885, building a windmill in the garden of his house at Marykirk, and built another to supply electric power to the asylum at Montrose. He was awarded the Brisbane Gold Medal of the Royal Society of Edinburgh in 1892 for his work on the application of wind power to the production of electric currents.

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Royal College of Science and Technology, Glasgow (1887-1964)

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C0065

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associative

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1887-1906

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Blyth was Professor of Natural Philosophy at the Glasgow and West of Scotland Technical College (which later became the Royal College of Science and Technology).

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Anderson's College, Glasgow (1796-1887)

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C0046

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associative

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1880-1886

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Blyth was Professor of Natural Philosophy at Anderson's College.

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Glasgow and West of Scotland Technical College | Professor James Blyth Memorial Committee (1907-1909)

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C0192

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associative

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The committee was established to raise funds for a memorial for Blyth.

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ISAAR(CPF): International Standard Archival Authority Record for Corporate Bodies, Persons and Families, International Council on Archives (2nd edition, 2003); Rules for the construction of personal, place and corporate names, National Council on Archives (1997).

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Created by Victoria Peters, December 2009.

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